My top ten “new” reads of 2016

Two years ago I had a fantastically inventive and original idea — to report back on the best books I’d read in the preceding twelve months — and since then I’ve continued to use it to take the internet by storm, garnering much praise in private communications the details of which I won’t divulge here. Who am I to buck that trend, just because 2016 has been a colossal stinker in every other regard?
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TCT’s Hollywood Interview #27

…with B. Morris Allen

The Cartesian Theatre still welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…

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This week, let’s give a big hand to B. Morris Allen, spec-fic writer and helmsman of Metaphorosis, a Kafka-inspired spec-fic magazine that seeks out “beautifully written stories for adults” (and it clearly finds them, since I’ve got one in it!).

Hi, Morris, tell us “all” about yourself.

I’m a middle-aged, planned-to-be veterinarian ex-biochemist vegan lawyer who grew up overseas and likes to read. It was all Serious Literature until I found Barsoom.

Ooof, I think the rules got bent with all that hyphenation. Well, tell us “all” about Metaphorosis – what’s going on there?

Metaphorosis is all about the writing. The writers I most admire are those with a poetry, grace, and inventiveness to their language: Vance, Zelazny, MacKilip…

What made you start your own online genre magazine?

Frustration. There’s a lot of good work published these days, but some that makes me wonder why and how. Metaphorosis only has the good stuff.

If only one person was to ever read Metaphorosis – who would you want it to be?

My uncle’s mother. She introduced him to science fiction, and he introduced me. It would be fun if she could read something she inspired and—

TOO LONG — and nothing ends a family get-together quite like JACK’S AXE!

So, currently you’re running a Kickstarter campaign – what’s the goal?

Longevity, as there will be a point when I can’t fund the magazine myself any more. Plus, the Kickstarter campaign can help build the audience.

What is the most inspirational book you’ve ever read – and why?

If Only They Could Talk, by James Herriot – because… it made me think about animals in a whole different way; not just as pets, but as a community of thinking, feeling beings and equals.

What are you most proud of in your life, outside of Metaphorosis?

In law school, I and a couple of others started the world’s first law journal on animal law. It’s still running today, and quite successful.

What is the thing you would most like to do with your life – but don’t dare?

I’m doing it. Metaphorosis was long in the dreaming, but it’s turned out better than I hoped.

Or owning a castle. Or both. Why not?

Okay, so what are your plans for the future of Metaphorosis?

I took time off to start the magazine, now I’m going back to work for it. Offering contributors professional rates is the true long-term goal.

Okay, my thanks to Morris for not buckling under the pressure! You can read Metaphorosis Magazine for free, but it also has a Patreon Page for those who like to support the online arts. And check out the Kickstarter, the campaign is going well with plenty of time still to run!

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The Call Back – Stephen Palmer

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Welcome to the slightly grainy world of the Call Back Interviews, a chance for previous guests to return for a more detailed, in-depth chat. The word counts are off and the axe is back on the wall where it belongs – so why not relax and kick back in a patented, 50s-through-70s-styled green leather chair and get ready to talk about Life, the Universe, and Everything

as sometime ecoweird author Stephen Palmer recently did.

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